• Amhas Wins Inaugural Cuba Cup!

    Three boats compete in the first edition of the Cuba Cup, completing the 2017 Western Caribbean Race Series

    "The Cuba Cup is a thrilling addition to the historic Pineapple Cup race, heralding in the start of the new Western Caribbean Race Series which we plan to run and expand on each time we host our legendary race." Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore, Nigel Knowles.

    Februaru 27, 2017 - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Three boats set off for Havana from Montego Bay last week to compete in the inaugural edition of the Cuba Cup! The Cuba Cup is a new, 611 mile race that makes up the second part of the Western Caribbean Race Series. The race, preceded by the Pineapple Cup, brings competitors from Montego Bay to Havana and east coast ports, giving boats a chance to make a race of the return trip to the U.S.!

    This first edition of the race was run as a "gentleman's race," where competitors started at their own accord and reported their recorded start and finish times to the race officials. Overall results were calculated using a PHRF based formula.

    The virtual start line was at the airport buoy in Montego Bay and virtual finish line off of Key West; competitors could choose to sail either direction around Cuba.

    Amhas (Class40), Dragon (Class40) and White Rhino (Swan 56) battled it out to claim the honor of winning the first Cuba Cup! The three competitors set out on the new course between February 12th (Amhas), 13th (White Rhino) and 16th (Dragon). Despite having different weather windows, all three competitors rounded Cuba to the West. After all entries were submitted and scored, Amhas was declared the winner of the inaugural Cuba Cup!

    Rob Windsor, Amhas, on winning the inaugural Cuba Cup, “I’m ecstatic! It was really fun, not too tough and pretty fast. We were reaching/running after we started all the way to the western corner of Cuba, then we had a tiny little light spot followed by more breeze on the beam for the rest of the way to the finish. From the finish line off Havana, we carried on all the way back to Charleston. The weather was beautiful, it was sunny, we were in shorts all the way. No foul weather gear, nothing! We’ll be back in 2019!”

    Matthew Mullan, White Rhino Captain, "We had a great time doing the inaugural Cuba Cup. Couldn't have asked for better conditions. If you have to bring the boat back to Florida or anywhere in the U.S., why not take this route and make a race out of it? We were hoping for a little more helpful current on the west side of Cuba. I heard the Cayman Islands are an amazing fishing ground and now we now it's true. When White Rhino Racing does the Pineapple Cup again we will definitely be looking forward to participating in the Cuba Cup!"

  • Pineapple Cup Awards Evening Celebrates 2017 Winners

    Jamaican Dignitaries in Attendance to Present Pineapple Cup


    “Winning the Pineapple Cup is like a dream come true. You hear about these trophies, the trophies that have been around for forever, and now to have gone out and won that trophy is extraordinary.” Prospector’s Paul McDowell

    FEBRUARY 11, 2017 - Montego Bay, Jamaica – Last night the Montego Bay Yacht Club celebrated winners of the 33rd edition of the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race.  Over 120 attendees including Acting Custos Rotolorum Claudette Bryan, Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis, MBYC Commodore Nigel Knowles and Royal Jamaican Yacht Club Past Commodore Andrew Thwaites were on hand for the awarding of the Governor General’s Trophy, also known as the Pineapple Cup.

    The Pineapple Cup is one of the oldest yachting trophies dating back to 1961 where it was handcrafted in London. Throughout the years, the trophy has been awarded to some of the most well known names in yachting including: John Kilroy, Ted Turner and Robert F Johnson. The winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Trophy was awarded to the first place team in IRC, which was Prospector.

    Paul McDowell co-owner of Prospector said, The Pineapple Cup was one of those races that you remember from way back in the day. I used to do a lot of IOR races in the 1980’s, so you’d see Kialoa and Windward Passage win [the Pineapple Cup]; some of the greatest ocean racers of all time have won this race. So we said ‘this has got to be one on our bucket list that we have to do, the Pineapple Cup.’ And so here we are!

    We have a mixture of professionals and Corinthians, we’re not one of the all professional crews where you have just owners and nothing but professionals; we race with our friends. Ken Read is one of the top professionals in the world, but he’s been my friend of 35 years, so he raced with us as a friend, not as a professional. [We said] 'Lets go have fun like we used to back in the day.’ We came to race with our friends, but we take it seriously.

    Winning the Pineapple Cup is like a dream come true. You hear about these trophies, the trophies that have been around for forever, and now to have gone out and won that trophy is extraordinary.”

    The trophy itself was presented by Acting Custos Rotolorum Claudette Bryan on behalf of the Govenor General Sir Patrick Allen. Custos Bryan said, This is a wonderful tradition that Jamaica has held for many years and to see the camaraderie, the participants and competitors in this kind of fashion and to see the time and effort they have made to compete in this traditional race, it is an honor. And so I believe Jamaica has something great going and I encourage this race to continue as long as it can because Jamaica has much to offer.”

    In addition to the Govenor Generals trophy, the Silver Rose Bowl was presented to Wizard for line honors. The Arawak Perpetual Trophy was presented to Hermie Louise for their first place finish in the PHRF division. The Silver Seahorse Trophy also was awarded to Prospector for the top corrected time in the IRC division.

  • Foiling Kiteboarder slashes 2 minutes and 56 seconds off Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record

     New outright record of 53 minutes and 37 seconds for the 17.8nm course takes down Phaedo3’s record set in June 2015

    October 28, 2016 – Newport, RI – A new outright record was set Friday, October 28 for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record. Zach Marks of St. Petersburg, Florida, helmed his foiling kiteboard around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 53 minutes and 37 seconds. This bests the previous record of 00:56:33, held by Lloyd Thornburg’s Mod70 Phaedo3, by 2 minutes and 56 seconds.

    Marks chose to sail the course around the island to port, sailing north from the start off Fort Adams at 12:00:58 EST. All previous record attempts were set sailing around the island to starboard. Marks departed in a WNW breeze ranging from 20-25 knots at the end of an ebbing tide.

    This was Mark’s third attempt to set the Around Jamestown Record. His prior attempts, also on a foiling kiteboard, were 01:09:24 and 01:03:08 in July 2014. He used a 10m F-One foil kite, on 15-meter lines. The board is an Alex Aguera and fitted with a Spotz hydrofoil.

    Zach Marks said on the record, “Setting the record for this race was something that was always on my bucket list. The format and prize are so unique. It's a refreshing break from traditional windward leeward racing.  Thanks to the local Rhode Island support crew who came out to help me. I couldn't have done it without them."

    On the Attempt he said, “The attempt was a reach most of the way around, a little upwind at the north end of the island and really, really windy up there and big ocean swell down at Beavertail. Super gusty pretty much everywhere.

    I was going underneath the Jamestown Bridge, trying to do a wider groove because you’re getting ready for that blast and then the lull. I kind of got lulled and my lines went really slack and then the kite powered up really quick and I couldn’t bear away enough so I over-foiled and dropped the kite in the water. That’s pretty much the worst place you want to be down because the wind’s so gusty, but luckily [the kite] came up pretty quick. That probably cost me 15-20 seconds. I had a couple of other wipeouts, but nothing yarded [no equipment scattered everywhere] too far.”

  • The Most Sustainable Sailing Race in the Unites States Announces 2016 Environmental Achievements

    NEWPORT, RI (October 25, 2016) – The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing announced today that the 2016 race is the first sports event in the United States to be ISO 20121 compliant. In addition, the Atlantic Cup’s official carbon offset supplier, We Are Neutral, announced it has calculated and offset the carbon footprint of the 2016 race. Additional data released by Race Management includes; an overall landfill diversion rate of 88%, 8,520 single use plastic water bottles prevented from use, 875 students across three cities received education in ocean health and environmental responsibility and the Atlantic Cup was recognized as the only regatta globally to achieve Sailors for the Sea’s Platinum Level status in 2016.

    Race Director, Hugh Piggin said, “We are proud to be leading the way in environmental sustainability for sailing events around the world. To achieve carbon neutrality, ISO 20121 compliance and Platinum Level certification while educating both kids and the general public about the role they can play in protecting our oceans and planet is no small feat. This is only achievable through the help of the teams, our staff and our presenting sponsor, 11th Hour Racing.”

    ISO 20121 is a management system standard that was designed to assist event-oriented organizations improve the sustainability of their activities and productions. The international version of the standard was developed for the London 2012 Olympics and it describes the layout of a management system that can help any event related organization to: reduce its environmental footprint and become more socially responsible, while maintaining the viability of the event. The Atlantic Cup downloaded and followed the ISO 20121 protocol and complied with the rigorous standards meeting a self-certification.

    Rob MacMillan, Co-Founder and Advisor, 11th Hour Racing said,  "The Atlantic Cup is a unique event in both concept and execution. It demonstrates what can be achieved with environmental responsibility in mind at the inception.  Manuka has showcased that you can run high-level professional events and have sustainability at the forefront, with full participation from the event management, sailors, and the communities they visit. 11th Hour Racing is proud of this partnership, and this level of achievement sets the standard for other events to follow." 

    For the first time in its five-year history, the race had a robust waste management plan, which resulted in 88% landfill diversion rate, with 538 lbs of compost, 394 lbs of recycling and 139 lbs of trash sent to a landfill. The Atlantic Cup has been single-use plastic water bottle free since its inception in 2011.

     “Tracking the sustainability initiatives for the Atlantic Cup is a challenging endeavor due to the mobile nature of the race,” said Brian Funk, the Atlantic Cup’s Sustainability Director. “The combination of offshore racing and land based events makes for a unique dynamic in ensuring we were meeting our internal goal of being the most sustainable sailing race in the United States”

    We Are Neutral, official carbon offset supplier for the 2016 Atlantic Cup, offset 29 tons of CO2. This carbon footprint will be ‘neutralized’ by planting indigenous trees on local conservation land and by offering free of charge energy retrofits to low-income families. The Atlantic Cup is the only sailing race in the United States to have offset its carbon footprint since 2012, with a total of 95.22 tons of CO2.

  • Final Results of the PBR Fishing Tournament are Announced!


    September 1, 2016 – Rhode Island The polygraph testing was completed earlier this week and after all candidates passed, the results are final! Congratulations to the official winners of the 2016 PBR Fishing Tournament!


    Striped Bass

    1. Russell Zivkovich - 150" - $5,000

    2. John Hanecak - 149.5" - $1,500

    3. Keith Darrow - 147.5" - $500



    1. Gary Stephens - 87"- $5,000

    2. John Davis - 83" - $1,500

    3. Howard Ward - 74" - $500



    1. Russell Zivkovich - 110.25"- $5,000

    2. Al Tremblay - 108.5" - $1,500

    3. Gary Stephens - 108.25" - $500


    Congratulations to ALL anglers who participated in this year's tournament. As you know, this was the first year of the tournament being entirely catch and release and we were glad it was a success. We hope you enjoyed the summer of fishing as much as we did. We will be sending out a survey soon days to collect feedback in order to make next year's tournament even better!

  • 5-Person team takes top overall time in 2nd edition of Race the State Presented by BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency

    1st and 2nd place in the women’s division separated by 47 seconds and brothers, Tyler & Josh Mason, take 1st and 2nd in the men’s division


    August 8, 2015 – Rhode Island – Yesterday, 75 competitors competed in the second edition of Race The State sponsored by BankNewport and Ocean Point Insurance. The multi-sport event created and run by Manuka Sports Event Management, a Newport, Rhode Island based business, had individuals and teams run 3.8 miles through Tiverton, paddle 1 mile across the Sakonnet River, run 12.3 miles from Portsmouth to Newport, kayak 5.6 miles to Narragansett via a portage in Jamestown and cycle 28.5 miles from Narragansett through South Kingstown, Richmond, Hopkinton, Charlestown and finishing in Westerly.

    The 5-person, all-male team, Island Idiots, finished the 53-mile course in 4 hours 37 minutes and 26 seconds an overall average pace of 5:25/mile. Team members included: Shawn Westoven (Portsmouth, RI), Dan Dytch (Newport, RI), Dirk Johnson (Middletown, RI), Mike Giles (Cape Town, South Africa) and Terry Halpin (Middletown, RI). The second team across the line was the 4-person team, Hot Club Harbor Seals out of Providence, RI with a total elapsed time of 5 hours 20 minutes and 47 seconds. The winners in the 3-person team were the Three Dirty Rats out of Reading, PA and in the 2-person division, the husband-wife duo, No Excuses, from Dedham, MA took top honors.

    On the individual side, brothers Tyler and Josh Mason took first and second respectively in the men’s division with Bethesda, MD native Scott Madden taking third overall. Tyler of Charlestown, RI finished with an elapsed time of 5 hours 44 minutes and 20 seconds. In the women’s division, Mill Valley, California resident Shawn Connell-Clark had the top overall time at 5:56:45, with Ashaway, RI’s Caroline Duksta a mere 47 seconds behind. In third place was Portsmouth, RI native Sarah Ethier.

    Complete results with splits can be viewed HERE.



    France’s #145 Eärendil places second, USA’s #118 Oakcliff places third narrowly edging out other teams

    PORTLAND, MAINE (June 11, 2016) – Spanish team #123 Tales II, skippered by Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde, captured the 2016 Atlantic Cup title as they dominated the offshore legs and fared well in the inshore series. #145 Eärendil, skippered by French duo Catherine Pourre and Antoine Carpentier, finished in second place and #118 Oakcliff, skippered by USA’s Liz Shaw and Libby Greenhalgh (leg one) and Hobie Ponting and Andrew O’Donnell (leg two) placed third.

    The pair from Santander, Spain was impressive in both offshore and inshore competitions, besting the field during the first offshore leg (Charleston, S.C. to Brooklyn, N.Y.) and second leg (Brooklyn, N.Y. to Portland, Maine). During the inshore series, they won two out of five races, winning the cup with a total of 69 points.

    “We are really thrilled about winning the Atlantic Cup,” said Botín. “The combination of offshore and inshore racing made it exciting and challenging, but we are really happy with the end result. The Cup is a great event and it is very important for the Class 40 to be successful all over the world, especially in America.”

    For the first time in its five year history, the race finished in Portland, Maine. Spectators from near and far watched the inshore races at the Eastern Promenade and enjoyed the Atlantic Cup festival, which featured a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer garden, kid’s activity zone, food trucks, local merchants and live music.

    “It was great to have the Atlantic Cup in Portland this year,” said Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling. “The buzz around town was very strong and it was amazing to see how beautiful our harbor is and how effective it can be as an attraction for professional events. We hope that the Cup returns to Portland in 2018!”

    The Atlantic Cup, the longest offshore sailing race in the Western Atlantic and the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the U.S., featured an international field of nine teams from the USA, Spain, France, U.K., Sweden and Canada. Nine teams started the race and seven finished; two boats dropped out due to personal reasons. The first all-female team in Atlantic Cup history competed in leg one of this year’s competition. The teams set sail from Charleston, S.C. on Saturday, May 28, stopped in Brooklyn, N.Y. for the second leg of the competition and a Pro-Am event (May 31-June 3), before departing on June 4 for the final leg of competition held in Portland, Maine, June 6-11.

    Official results follow below:


  • Manuka Takes on Management of Pineapple Cup and Cuba Cup

    33rd Biennial Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race Returns with a February 3rd Start in Miami Cuba Cup Announced - 640 nautical mile race from  Montego Bay to Havana starting February 17th

    Montego Bay, Jamaica (May 16, 2016) – The Montego Bay Yacht Club, the Storm Trysail Club and the Hemingway Yacht Club announced today the 2017 Western Caribbean Series. The Western Caribbean Series will include the 33rd edition of the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race and the Cuba Cup, a new race from Montego Bay to Havana following the conclusion of the Pineapple Cup.

    The Pineapple Cup is set to start in Miami, Florida, on February 3, 2017 and send competitors on a challenging 811 nautical mile course to Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Following a brief stop-over and Awards Ceremony in Montego Bay, boats may elect to sail in the newly formed Cuba Cup, a 640 nautical mile race from Montego Bay to Havana set to start on February 17th.

    The two events will include divisions for IRC, PHRF, double-handed and multi-hulls. Both races may be registered for and raced independently, however there will be an overall series trophy awarded in Havana to the boat with the best combined corrected time.

    The Pineapple Cup will award the Robert McNeil Mobay Course Challenge Trophy to the first monohull to break the Montego Bay Race Record of 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12.  In addition, the Silver Rose Bowl (1st monohull to finish), Silver Pineapple Cup (1st overall corrected time IRC), Silver Seahorse (1st overall correct time PHRF), Arawak (1st overall corrected time multihull) perpetual trophies will be awarded at the prize giving. The Jamaica Tourist Board Log Award will be awarded to the team with the most interesting log.

    Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore Nigel Knowles, "As commodore of the Montego Bay Yacht Club I am very excited to be able to announce the 33rd running of the prestigious Pineapple Cup-Montego Bay race.  This event first started in 1961 and has been run either annually or biannually ever since.  Having taken part in 2 of these races myself, I have first hand experience of the pure excitement and strong competition this 811-mile race from Florida offers to crews and spectators alike. 

    With the addition of a brand new second race starting from Montego Bay and finishing in Havana, Cuba a short time after the racers complete the Pineapple Cup race, it will offer a new thrilling addition to our historic race and herald in the start of the new Western Caribbean Race Series which we plan to run and expand on each time we host our legendary race."  

    Storm Trysail Club Commodore Lee Reichart, "The Pineapple Cup has long been central to Storm Trysail Club's mission, "to encourage the sport of ocean racing".   We are excited to be again partnering with the Montego Bay Yacht club to reinvigorate this classic race.  We think there is great potential in the new Cuba Cup, applaud Montego Bay for expanding its offerings and look forward to the series becoming a staple in the offshore calendar for years to come.”

    For more information, please visit: http://pineapplecup.com


    About the Pineapple Cup Established in 1961, the Pineapple Cup is a classic 811-mile “beat, reach and run” ocean race that has been dubbed “the best ocean race in the world” by its devotees, including three-time winner and media mogul Ted Turner. The 33rd edition starts in Florida on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

    The race is hosted at the start in Miami by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and at the finish in Montego Bay by the Montego Bay Yacht Club.

    The course record is 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12, a 75’ Reichel/Pugh designed maxi boat. For more information, please visit http://pineapplecup.com

    About the Cuba Cup The inaugural Cuba Cup begins on February 17, 2017. The 640 nautical mile race will take competitors from Montego Bay around the southern and western end of Cuba finishing at the Hemingway Yacht Club in Havana.

    The race is hosted at the start in Montego Bay by the Montego Bay Yacht Club and at the finish in Havana by the Hemingway Yacht Club.

    About the Western Caribbean Series The Western Caribbean Series is a new Series including the Pineapple Cup and Cuba Cup. The Storm Trysail Club in the USA and the Montego Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) in Jamaica organize the Series, under the auspices of the Jamaica Yachting Association (JYA). Newport, RI based Manuka Sports Event Management will manage the media and marketing along with the commercial rights.

  • 5th Annual PBR Fishing Tournament Entirely Catch & Release


    Tournament Begins in June and Categories Include Striped Bass, Bluefish, Fluke

    Newport, RI (April 12, 2016) - Pabst Blue Ribbon is proud to announce that the 5th Annual Pabst Blue Ribbon Fishing Tournament will be entirely catch and release. This summer’s tournament will be held over a ten-week timeframe, beginning June 12 and ending August 20, and will be open to anglers throughout the East Coast including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Long Island, NY.

    "Sustainability has always been one of the major goals of the PBR fishing tournament and for 2016 we really wanted to take it to the next level,” said Rob Reilly, Pabst Blue Ribbon’s East Coast field marketing director. “This year’s change in format will make the tournament one of the largest catch and release tournaments in the U.S. and we are beyond thrilled to kick off our fifth year in the waters of the Northeast.”

    The tournament is proud to support the New England Lions Club and the Annual VIP Fishing Tournament for Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs) for a third consecutive year.

    The Pabst Blue Ribbon Catch and Release Fishing Tournament divisions will include Striped Bass, Bluefish and Fluke.  Participating anglers will receive a limited edition PBR ruler to use for submissions, as well as a t-shirt, hat, koozie and keychain upon registration.  The longest caught and released fish of the week in each division will be awarded $300, and weekly leader prize packs in each division will be raffled off amongst anglers who submit a fish that week. The longest three fish caught, measured, photographed and released over the 10 week period will be used to determine overall aggregate length. The top three anglers in each division with the longest aggregate length of their catch and release submissions will be awarded prizes for first, second and third place at the end of the competition.  

    2016 Grand Prize Structure


    Striped Bass



    1st Place




    2nd Place




    3rd Place




  • Manuka Announces 2nd Annual Race The State Rhode Island

    Announcing the 2nd Race The State Rhode Island on August 7, 2016

    BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency return as presenting sponsors for the 53-mile endurance race

    JANUARY 6, 2016 – NEWPORT, RI – Manuka Sports Event Management, a Newport, Rhode Island based business, is excited to announce the return of Race The State, a multi-sport endurance race that takes competitors across Rhode Island. The second edition of the race will be held on Sunday August 7, 2016. In addition, Manuka is pleased to announce BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency will return as the presenting sponsors. 

    Race the State is a multi- sport race designed to challenge competitors to race across a U.S. state taking into account the unique geography of the state.  The first edition was held on August 9, 2015 where the logistically challenging race spanned 10 communities and two bodies of water. Middletown resident, David FitzGerald won the men’s individual division in 2015 setting the course time at 5 hours 2 minutes and 22 seconds.

    The 2016 edition is again made up of five legs that include running, paddle boarding, kayaking and cycling. It will start in Tiverton and travel 53 miles through the state finishing on the Connecticut/Rhode Island border in Westerly. All competitors are required to have a support team assisting with logistics throughout the race.

    Divisions for Race the State include individual, 2, 3, 4 and new for 2016 a 5-person relay. Also new for 2016 is a new stand up paddle course, which is 1-mile across the Sakonnet River from Fogland Beach in Tiverton to Sandy Point in Portsmouth. The change in course for the paddle makes leg 3 of the race a challenging 12.3 miles from Portsmouth to Fort Adams in Newport.

    All entrants will receive a signature t-shirt, an entry to win a 9’6” Peter Pan designed Ace Tec Big Sport Stand Up Paddleboard (a $1,000+ value), a commemorative Race the State sticker, and a subscription to Canoeroots, Rapid or Adventure Kayak magazine. Plus, there will be a finish party for all entrants, friends and family in Westerly, Rhode Island.

    A portion of each entry will benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island.  To register visit Race-The-State.com.

    BankNewport/OceanPoint Insurance Agency Quote

    In a joint statement, BankNewport President & CEO, Sandra J. Pattie and OceanPoint Insurance Agency Inc. President & CEO, Douglas K. Mayhew expressed excitement: 

    “We’re extremely proud of our co-sponsorship to bring the second edition of Race the State Rhode Island back for our customers and communities to enjoy!  Last year, we marveled at the dedication and perseverance of the athletes who took on the challenge of this unique, multi-sport event, and we’re excited by the momentum that’s already building to see who will compete this year.”

    Presidents Pattie and Mayhew continued, “And it’s a fantastic event to watch!  There are so many beautiful locations along the 53 mile course, from Tiverton down to Westerly, for spectators to come out and cheer on the athletes! We look forward to celebrating another successful Race the State event with our fellow Rhode Islanders!”

    Manuka Sports Event Management Co-Founder and On Water Race Director, Hugh Piggin,

    We’re excited to bring Race the State back to Rhode Island for a second year in a row. We know the first edition was definitely a challenge for the competitors, however we hope we’ve inspired them to attempt the course again and we look forward to seeing many new faces throughout the state on August 7th. We also are extremely grateful to BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency whose support has been integral in putting on this terrific event in Rhode Island and we look forward to partnering with them again in 2016.